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The Phoenicians and the West: Politics, Colonies and Trade Paperback – October 15, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0521795432 ISBN-10: 0521795435 Edition: 2nd

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  • Paperback: 452 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 2 edition (October 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521795435
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521795432
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,325,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Aubet's book is sensible, sound, sane, and comprehensive--quite an achievement in Phoenician studies. She offers a superb overview of all aspects of Phoenician history and culture, making full use of new archaeological evidence as well as recent work on Phoenician art, religion, and political institutions." Journal of the American Oriental Society --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Original Language: Spanish --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mark Howells on June 9, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is an interesting book which describes the Phoenician expansion into the Western Mediterranean from the eighth to sixth centuries B.C. The focus is the Iberian Phoenician settlements on either side of the Pillars of Hercules with Gadir (Cadiz) as the main attraction. As the written record of the Phoenicians themselves did not survive, this work relies primarily on archaeological information and the small body of sources written by the Phoenicians' neighboring cultures (the Greek Homer's epic poetry, the Jewish Old Testament, etc.).
There is much discussion about the social, political, and economic reasons for the Phoenician expansion westward. In addition, the form which this expansion took - from informal trade to outright colonization is explored. A large part of the book is devoted to the competing historical theories regarding this expansion in which the author is obviously well-grounded.
Who engaged in the trade and expansion- the palace, the temple, or independent merchants? How was it organized? What were the ships like? What were the commodities traded? How were Phoenician relations with the indigenous peoples handled? All these questions are answered.
There is obviously comparison between the original Phoenician settlements in the West and those of her daughter colony Carthage which succeeded them. The emphasis in this work is on the Phoenician period rather than the following Punic period of settlement. This is done to give the Phoenicians' initial accomplishments in the West due credit rather than have them overshadowed by Carthage.
With the book's emphasis on the Iberian peninsula, the Phoenician enclaves in the central Mediterranean such as on Malta, Sicily, and Sardinia do not get much attention.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By History reader on September 21, 2010
Format: Paperback
The Phoenicians are fascinating people and deserve a good telling of their history. Unfortunately this is not it. After acknowledging significant errors in the first edition, the author simply added new evidence contradicting older parts of the book. For example, destruction by the Sea Peoples is said to have resulted in Tyre being 'founded' after 1200 BC. But later it is admitted that Tyre was not destroyed by the Sea Peoples, so the city existed before that date. Nevertheless, the earlier error is still used as the basis for claiming that the Phoenicians of Tyre made no westward expansion across the Mediterranean until a later time. Unfortunately this edition still contains many significant errors, but now with contradictions. Phoenicians (2000) by Markoe and other books are better sources.
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This book is excellent in most aspects, the problems with it are a product of the seemingly narrow implications of the material. This becomes a problem of narrowing the scope and nature of the archaeological evidence. The material and apparent patterns revealed have major implications for the reconstructed narrative of the "ancient" European history and upon the influence of nation networks such as the Phoenicians and the Phoceans. This in turn shifts what were the actual commercial activities established in the region. Establishing the activities and dates of occupation at various present day ruins has major implications for the narrative that is used to establish or deny alternative interpretations based upon a hermeneutic process when is strongly accepted by current conceits of fictions used to eternalize a specific social order. The counter example is Max Muller's creation of an Aryan race. and the facilitation it provided in justifying occupation by the British East Indies Company. Marija Gimbutas is a similar figure and did important and analogous work. This book points to the high importance of commercial territories to the network nations. Phocea for instance claimed the Marseilles region for its involvement of trade by land and by products. This material has evidence that requires a different narrative for so called Euro/Med "pre" history.
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